Local News 5-14-2013

Three Arrested in Alleged Car Theft Ring

Accordingto the KSP in Pikeville, three (3) Floyd County men have been arrested and another man is still being sought after, after troopers busted an auto theft ring on Caney Fork in Floyd Co. This discovery actually took place in April of this year, after KSP received a tip about a stolen coal truck, but they found much more when they arrived at the scene. Officers discovered four doors, a hood and a trunk lid from a Lincoln Navigator that had been reported stolen in Prestonsburg, a 1975 Chevy log truck, a 2007 Jeep Liberty stolen in Prestonsburg, and the title of a 1996 GMC Jimmy that had been stolen in Martin County. KSP issued arrest warants for four men believed to be connected to the ring of auto thefts. KSP have been able to arrest 3 of the men.

- Billy J. Shepherd, 38, of David, was arrested at East Point and charged with theft by unlawful taking (over $10,000), criminal trespassing, persistent felony offender, and trafficking in stolen vehicles or vehicle parts. During the arrest, police suspected Shepherd was also trafficking in narcotics, and requested a body cavity search of his person. Following the search, which was performed at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Shepherd was additionally charged with three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, after a plastic bag containing heroin, cocaine and oxycodone was removed.

- Kevin Ousley, 24, of Martin, was served with a warrant charging him with theft by unlawful taking (over $10,000) and trafficking in stolen vehicles/vehicle parts.

- Matthew Ousley, 31, of Martin, was also served with warrants charging him with theft by unlawful taking (over $10,000) and trafficking in stolen vehicles/vehicle parts. He was additionally charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, and prescription controlled substance not in original container.

Both the Ousleys and Shepherd were scheduled to appear in court yesterday (Monday, May 13) for their preliminary hearing. An arrest warrant has been issued for Shepherd’s brother, Thomas Shepherd, who is also facing charges of theft by unlawful taking (over $10,000), trafficking in stolen vehicle/vehicle parts, persistent felony offender, and fleeing or evading police. Anyone with information about the case or the whereabouts of Thomas Shepherd is asked to call the Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711. This case remains under investigation by Officer Dennis Hutchinson, with Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

Three Arrested in Greenup County Meth Bust

Sheriff Deputies in Greenup Co. were busy Saturday after they conducted a meth bust and arrested three individuals. According to Greenup Co. Sheriff Keith Cooper, he said members of his Drug Interdiction team found a large amount meth inside a car they stopped in South Shore. Deputies then searched a residence in the 200-block of Sunshine Lane in South Shore where they found an active meth lab and a large amount of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff Cooper says deputies found a five-year-old inside the residence on Sunshine Lane. Arrested was Dennis Carby, 45, of South Shore, with manufacturing meth, wanton endangerment and possession of heroin. Tasmine Hammon, 25, of Sciotoville, Ohio, and Alvin Branham, 42, of Portsmouth, Ohio. Both were charged with trafficking in meth. All three people were taken to the Greenup County Detention Center.Copper says additional charges are expected in the case.

Olive Hill Man Arraigned and Charged in Murder Case

The Olive Hill man, who has been charged with the murder of Paul Dillon "Nemo" Bryant, made a court appearance Monday morning. The Elliott County Grand Jury indicted Kyle S. Holbrook, 20, on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence last month. Bryant 19,  went missing in February 2011 and his body was found a couple of months later in a pond in Elliott County. According to the indictment, Bryant was murdered between February 28 and April 3, 2011, shot in the head. Holbrook has pleaded not guilty to both charges against him and will return to court June 8 for a bond hearing. Holbrook is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

KSP Continue Search for a Convicted Felon

The Kentucky State Police are currently searching for a convicted felon, they describe as armed and dangerous. Troopers are looking for Jason Brown, 30. They suspect he could be in the Huntington area, where he is originally from. Brown is wanted on multiple drug trafficking charges involving Heroin and Cocaine in Boyd County  KSP ask that if anyone has information on Jason Brown, to please call the Kentucky State Police at 606-928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.

State Agriculture Commissioner Explains Ky. Hemp Possibilities in Recent Washington Visit

Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner James Comer visited Washington D.C. Friday. Comer met with federal agencies, Republican leaders and White House officials about the possibility of Kentucky growing hemp. Comer says he hoped Kentucky would get a waiver from the government to be the first state to reintroduce the crop to the U.S. market, but he now thinks that is unlikely. The main obstacle remains with the drug enforcement administration. The D.E.A. does not differentiate between hemp and marijuana. Comer says he is hoping the issue will catch attention at the national level.

PSC to Hold Public Meeting on Replacing Big Sandy Plant Tonight

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will offer opportunities next month for members of the public to provide comments regarding the proposal by Kentucky Power Co. to purchase replacement electric generating capacity in order to retire the Big Sandy generating facility near Louisa. A public meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14 in Louisa. On Wednesday, May 15, the PSC will conduct a teleconference linking sites in Whitesburg and Hazard with the commission offices in Frankfort. Both the meeting and the teleconference will begin with a presentation by PSC staff on the regulatory processes governing the case and an overview of the Kentucky Power proposal. “These meetings are an opportunity for the public to learn how the PSC reaches a decision in cases such as this,” PSC Chairman David Armstrong said. “The meetings also allow the PSC to hear directly from ratepayers in these matters.” The presentation by PSC staff and a question-and-answer period will begin at 5 p.m. EDT each day and last an hour. Public comments will follow at 6 p.m. EDT. Kentucky Power is seeking PSC approval of an agreement to purchase a 50 percent interest in Ohio Power Company’s Mitchell power plant, which is south of Moundsville, West Virginia. Kentucky Power and Ohio Power are both subsidiaries of American Electric Power Co. The 780 megawatts of capacity from Mitchell would nearly replace the 800 megawatts generated by the larger of two units at the Big Sandy plant. In its application, Kentucky Power says the cost of the Mitchell purchase will be about $536 million. That is $404 million less than the estimated cost of upgrading Big Sandy’s 800-megawatt unit in order to meet stricter federal air quality standards, as the company earlier had proposed to do. Kentucky Power canceled the upgrade plans in May 2012 and said it would consider other options. The plan to purchase generating capacity at Mitchell is the best of the available alternatives, Kentucky Power said in its application to the PSC. The 800-megawatt Big Sandy unit now is scheduled to close in mid-2015. An older, 278-megawatt unit at Big Sandy is scheduled to be either converted to burn natural gas or shut down by the end of 2014. Kentucky Power has not yet finalized plans for the unit or for replacing that power. Both the Big Sandy units and the Mitchell units burn coal. But the Mitchell units are newer than the Big Sandy plant and have the equipment needed to comply with federal air quality regulations. Kentucky Power estimates that the purchase of the Mitchell units will result in an eight percent increase in customer bills, or about $6 per month for a typical residential customer. The rate impact of upgrading Big Sandy had been estimated by the company at about $31 per month for residential customers. The public meetings are scheduled for: Louisa Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EDT Lawrence County Community Center 205 Bulldog Lane Whitesburg Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EDT Room 203 Whitesburg ...